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Yemen is culturally rich. Its impressive architecture, with its unique houses, has been integrated seamlessly into the spectacular landscape. Literature, including poetry, has been passed on orally to new generations, enriching the language with many aphorisms and proverbs. Popular culture has a rough, masculine edge to it, but Yemeni language and speech are eloquent, poetic, and powerful.

The 2011 Arab Spring was not orchestrated by Facebook and Twitter users in Yemen to the extent that it was in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria. On the Midan al-Taghyir (Change Square) in Sanaa there was a prominent role for poets such as Mohammed al-Adrui, who combined traditional tribal zamil poetry (of pre-Islamic origin) with modern rap.

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